If The Shoe Fits... Wear It
I just love my running and training shoes. I take such good care of them they still look pretty new so it was not visibly apparent they needed to be replaced. Yet, I knew it was time. If you are in the market for new shoes for sports, I strongly recommend you get the right shoes for the job so that you can feel supported. For me, it’s less about brand and more about fit and function. Hearing that Adidas has started to incorporate an eco friendly approach to their production was a definite plus for me that put them on the top of this year’s list. They didn’t disappoint.
My first pair is the Adidas Athletics 24/7 Trainers. The only thing I am sorry about is that they are for my indoor gym so I actually have to take them *off* when I leave my home gym. Boo.
The most comfortable trainer I have ever worn, they have insoles you can put in after your workout for a little extra lift and post workout massage. I do not recommend keeping the insoles in *during* the workout as the insoles allow the foot to slightly shift and slide during moves like lunges where stability is needed when you want to go deep. Having said that, the extra step is more of a bonus really. I am so glad I got these!
The second pair again by Adidas, is according to reviews an “improved classic” and is called
the Supernova Glide- another brilliant shoe. First of all it truly does seem more stable and cushioned as the specs indicate. This stability is key to adding power and lift in your cadence. Second, it is very soft and spacious above the toes, allowing for the foot’s natural movement to occur during walking. Check out my raised toes here. This whole thing makes me feel like perhaps I may manage to forego my spring toe injuries which invariably end up happening despite my best efforts. Fingers crossed for this year, and toes cushioned & wiggly!
So these work for me right? And I am not getting paid to advertise any of this. Besides the product being engineered to support movement backed by a company trying to clean up our oceans, it is also a great fit - for me- because I know about my feet and posture. I have narrow moderate to high arched feet with long toes. My feet do not lean inward (pronate) or outward (supinate). Right there I know I need decent arch support in a medium width shoe that allows me to fasten as tightly as I want while giving me plenty of bounce and toe room for movement. My feet are happy!
To check out whether your feet lean in or out, place a worn pair of shoes on a flat surface and notice how they stand. Shoes tend to become molded by the way we walk and you can see in a well worn shoe the lean of the foot and sometimes even the outline of parts of the foot toes or scuff marks where we might drag.
So observing a worn pair can give you a clue about where you need to support your posture and in turn, what kind of shoe you will need. If your lean is significant, consider a larger size so you can add quality orthotics.
If your feet are flat or wide you will need to get a wider shoe with more arch support to prevent pain and problems in the heel (plantar fasciitis), knees or hips. Those same problems can and do occur to everyone regardless of arch. What changes is predisposition and level of support for your biomechanics, so get a shoe that supports YOU. Posture and support during movement are key to injury prevention and strengthening.
Another important factor here is size. Runners should always go up a full size to allow the toes to move freely. All too often this is missed because we tend to reach for the same size as we wear in shoes. It’s part habit, part lack of knowledge and part aesthetics. Size up! Your eyes will get used to the look of the bigger shoe - and besides, who cares? Happy toes look better on the beach anyway! Running shoes need to be spacious yet snug where it matters.
My last point here is that it’s important to wear the right shoe for the job. Whereas running shoes will help support forward heel to toe motion, trainers are needed for stability in the gym for weight training and side to side movement. That’s why they are engineered differently. You can use them for aerobic sports but unlike running shoes they will support more agility type movement through their lateral support and stiffer base. They are still cushioned but also firmer to give you the stability for multiple functions.
Shoes are really important in supporting the right type of movement and preventing injury which is a top reason for falling off a workout schedule- by the way. It's also one we tend to give ourselves a free pass on the buffet for.
Whether you already started or are starting to work out, take a look at your shoes and see if it’s time for a change before spring officially arrives. It’s an investment worth making. Spring came early here and so did my new shoes. I’m excited! Happy Training!
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